We have recently posted a list of unusual beds you may find yourself sleeping on. However, the list was so long that we simply had to split it in two parts. This is the continuation of the list, with even stranger (and less feasible) bed options. You won’t find these beds in mattress stores in San Diego.
Many of us have encountered an air mattress at some point in our lives. The cheap variety is simply a rubber, (or rubber coated in some fabric) inflatable bed. Many of us have it for emergencies or for unexpected guests. These cheaper varieties are no different from the inflatable beds used at swimming pools and seaside resorts. Another common variety of an air bed is the camping under-mattress. It is usually thinner and has some sort of insulation on the bottom. However, there are actual bed mattresses which are filled with air, similar to the water beds we wrote about previously. These are relatively new and have some advantages over the traditional beds. For one, they can help relieve back pain. In addition to that, they tend to be hypoallergenic (similarly to water beds). However, the quality of ingredients used is not always certain, so toxicity may be a problem with some brands.
The sailors’ choice all over the world, the hammock is rarely viewed as an actual bed option. Despite this notion in popular culture, hammocks have served as primary beds to various peoples the world over. The simplest form of a hammock is a rope net which is fixed at two opposite sides and suspended in the air. The Americas, the Caribbean and Mexican regions are well known for having cultures that sleep in these. Popular materials in this part of the world are tree bark and rope. In the modern age USA, we use hammocks predominantly for resting, commonly suspending them in our back yards, or in parks to read and share leisure time.
If you enjoy the idea of gently swinging while sleeping, but you can’t imagine relinquishing your soft mattress for a hammock, there are swing beds. Essentially, it is a full size bed which is put on a platform which is then suspended from the roof of the room. This contraption may look appealing, but it is pretty hard to make.
If, however, you desire the softness and freedom of the hammock, but cannot abide the rocking, there are net lofts. Exactly as it sounds, a net loft is just a loft bed with a net instead of a regular mattress. Getting up might be a challenge though, with all those holes your legs could slip through.
There are a few types of beds which boast the ‘floating’ attribute. However, most of them are either suspended by invisible lines, or rest on transparent platforms, or have some other clever trick. And then, there is the magnetic bed. This particular design uses powerful magnets to keep the bed floating in the air. Even though it sounds pretty impressive and cool, it may not be the best option in the long run. Oh, and maybe the price tag of $1.6 million will sway you away from this choice.
Some hotels offer the chance to sleep on an actual ice bed made from a block of ice. The whole ice hotel fascination doesn’t sound particularly sustainable in the long run, though. You will either catch a cold, or your bed will melt in the spring. I would recommend reconsidering this as your primary sleeping option.
Many people choose these unusual beds for one reason or the other. However, most of us still use a conventional bed with a conventional mattress. If you are looking to replace your mattress and are looking for a mattress store in San Diego, consider visiting Mattress Makers. Contact us at 858 566 4408 for further information.